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How to remove plaque from teeths in home?

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Dr. Richard Sousa answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Keeping 'em in shape: The answer is really easy, just brush your teeth two times every day and floss. Basically when you get up in the morning and definitely before you go to bed at night. Night time is the most important because if all the food and junk from the day stays on your teeth over night the bacteria that is in your mouth will continue to feed on those particles, causing cavities and irritate your gum.

Answered 4/30/2013

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Plaque: Plaque is a sticky bio film that can be removed with a toothbrush, calculus is a harder and attaches itself to the tooth and root surface and needs to be removed professionally by a hygienist or dentist.

Answered 2/26/2020

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Dr. Robert Trager answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Brush and rinse: Plaque is the cheesy debris found around and on teeth unlike calculus that is hard secretions on and under teeth. Brushing and rinsing will remove most of it. Stay away from sticky foods.

Answered 9/21/2013

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Brush and floss: Proper tooth brushing and the use of dental floss will remove plaque if used both properly and for a sufficient length of time. This should take the average person about 2 minutes which seems short unless you start timing it. Check to see how long it takes you. After about 24 hours, the plaque builds up mineral deposits called calculus and only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.

Answered 4/28/2015

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Dr. Ronald Hsu answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Brush and floss: Hello! If you mean the soft, cheesy white (or yellow, orange) stuff that you can scrape off with your finger nails, then thorough brushing and flossing would remove plaque fairly well. If by plaque you meant to describe the hard, calcified deposits stuck on teeth, you would need sharp metal tools to scrape that off and that you shouldn't try at home.

Answered 12/6/2015

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Dr. Steven Pohlhaus answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Electric Toothbrush: I recommend using an electric brush such as Braun Oral B or Sonicare. They have timers to help you spend 2 minutes and do a superior job of plaque removal for most patients. And floss once a day too!

Answered 2/23/2016

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Good oral health: Proper balanced diet, flossing and brushing teeth regularly with a soft brush using vertical strokes.

Answered 2/23/2016

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